The central mission of Dr. Sailor's research group is to develop an improved understanding of the urban climate and built-environment system, its feedback mechanisms, and the potential for mitigating actions to affect change. Our specific short term goals are to:
(1) quantify the relative role of component parts of urban infrastructure in affecting the magnitude of excessive heat in urban environments;
(2) understand how indoor and outdoor urban environments will respond to the added stresses of long term climate change, population growth, changing demographics, advances in technology, and adaptive capacity of affected populations; and
(3) evaluate the likely effects including unintended consequences of planning and policy actions to mitigate the negative aspects of urban environments
We address this mission through a combination of laboratory and field work as well as computational modeling across scales: individual building elements (e.g. thermal performance studies of window, wall, and roof constructions); neighborhood micro-environments (e.g. urban canyon thermal comfort studies); and regional urban climate (e.g. urban traverse/measurement campaigns and mesoscale atmospheric modeling).
For a list of research funding and publications see Dr. Sailor's CV.
For a description of our facilities see greenbuilding.pdx.edu
SUMMARY OF CURRENT AND RECENT PROJECTS